Forza Horizon 5 takes the open-world racing action to Mexico, launches November 9th

Humza

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What just happened? Playground Games has announced the next installment of their long-running Forza Horizon franchise at Microsoft's E3 2021 showcase. Players will drive in Mexico this time around, featuring the series' largest and most diverse open-world yet. It's launching on November 9th for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One (base, One S, One X), Windows 10 (Microsoft Store and Steam), Xbox Game Pass, and Android via Xbox Cloud Gaming.

It's been almost three years of Forza fans racing, drifting, cruising, and crashing around the British countryside, beaches, and the narrow streets of Edinburgh. Soon, they'll be able to do all of this in Mexico, the locale of choice in Forza Horizon 5.

Among the several new game modes and features is the addition of 'Expeditions.' A single-player campaign mode that will take players across Mexico to meet new characters and complete hundreds of challenges. For tinkerers, the new 'EventLab' feature will let players create customized racing experiences, similar to Trackmania's Track Builder or Dirt 5's Playgrounds.

Building upon its strengths, Horizon 5 will also feature improved car and character customization, a more intelligent AI assistant, and gameplay refinements across its PvP and PvE modes. While the game's complete list of 'hundreds of the world's greatest cars' is yet to be finalized, there are some new vehicles to spot in the game's announcement trailer, including the Porsche Taycan, the new JLR Defender, Ford Bronco, and the Mercedes-AMG Project One. The latter seems likely to end up as Horizon 5's cover car.

Mexico's diverse open-world will also feature dynamic seasons as well as dust and tropical storms to liven up the experience. Developer Playground Games notes the use of photogrammetry, a new volumetric lighting system, and other enhancements for rendering the best-looking Horizon game yet.

However, the game's ray-tracing implementation appears limited to the Forzavista car viewing mode and, there is no 120fps option. As noted in the game's FAQ section, Xbox Series X players will only be able to play the game at 4K/30fps or at 60fps with the game's performance mode.

The Series S console will also get this 60fps performance mode and will otherwise render the game at 1080p/30fps. As for last-gen Xbox owners, especially the base version, YouTube just might be the better option to experience this game.

Thankfully, the game's PC version won't be limited to the Microsoft Store. It's also coming to Steam at launch with a rather modest set of minimum requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10 (version 15063.0 or higher)
  • CPU: Intel i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz / Intel i5 750 @ 2.67Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia 650TI / AMD R7 250x
  • Direct X: Version 12
  • Storage: 80GB

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Toju Mikie

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Today I learned that 12K cameras exist.
The game seems very beautiful and realistic on Xbox Series X, but this is yet another recent console game that has ray tracing on console but not on PC... unless the PC version will get ray tracing later. A lot of recent games seem to have better graphics on console right now.
Anyway, I'll probably buy it eventually. Thankfully, the system requirements aren't too high, but since I can't buy a new graphics card or even a console right now, my GTX 1070 is the best I can do right now.
The current situation is holding a lot of gamers back. We see these new, exciting games but can't purchase a console or new computer parts to play them.
 

Adi6293

Posts: 830   +1,117
Today I learned that 12K cameras exist.
The game seems very beautiful and realistic on Xbox Series X, but this is yet another recent console game that has ray tracing on console but not on PC... unless the PC version will get ray tracing later. A lot of recent games seem to have better graphics on console right now.
Anyway, I'll probably buy it eventually. Thankfully, the system requirements aren't too high, but since I can't buy a new graphics card or even a console right now, my GTX 1070 is the best I can do right now.
The current situation is holding a lot of gamers back. We see these new, exciting games but can't purchase a console or new computer parts to play them.

Getting an Xbox Series X at MSRP took me a week of checking my twitter stock alert, not hard at all
 

Nobina

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I spend many hours on FH4 and it's pretty much "the racing game" for me because it has a good balance between arcade and realism. I always prefer realism but the only games that have it are sims with official tracks and have no open world and just GT cars. When I saw this FH5 trailer immediately it looked like it's more arcady than before and it sucks. They didn't even show anything race related, just roaming around hitting pinadas.
 

derncricket

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I thought FH4 was terrible. Who wants to drive to the next race? It was kind of fun pointing my car in the direction of the next race and just driving until I hit a tree. But I don't want to drive to the next race. The races weren't any good. No good game. I won't be going back to Forza for any racing.